Farmers’ Association Commend Ugwuanyi’s Interventions in Agriculture
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Enugu State, have commended the Governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his administration’s various intervention programmes in the agricultural sector, especially in ensuring food security in the state in spite of the challenges posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The farmers expressed delight at the support and achievements of Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration in the sector, in “the provision of seed inputs, infrastructure and mechanization for over 11,000 farmers under the FADAMA III Additional Finance” and “the provision of basic inputs, empowerment to over 700 commercial farmers and cooperatives all over the State, through the Commercial Agricultural Development Programme (CADP),” that they are unequivocally worthy of commendation.
According to the farmers, other interventions include “the complete profiling and listing of 1700 farmers and farmers’ cooperatives under the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Liveyhood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS), soon to commence Pre-disbursement training”, and “the provision of intervention fund in support of Agricultural Development in Rice and Cassava production in 5 Local Government Areas in Enugu State, namely: Aninri, Nkanu East, Isi-Uzo, Enugu East and Udenu, under the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)”.
The farmers reveled this when they paid a courtesy visit to the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Matthew Idu, to felicitate with Gov. Ugwuanyi on the New Year.
The Chairman of AFAN, Enugu State Chapter, Chief Romanus .A. Ezeh, also appreciated the state government for “the provision of critical infrastructure and development of Agricultural productivity in rice, cassava and sorghum in counterpart with the African Development Bank through the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme I (ATAPS1)” and “the provision of farm inputs, fertilizers, improved seeds and Agro chemicals to over 2000 Rice and Cassava farmers under the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES)”.
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AFAN Chairman said, “While we continue to express gratitude to His Excellency the Governor, the Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture and indeed the State Government for all the support to the farmers in the State, we urge all our members to gear up for the coming farming season as we are assured of even greater support from the state government”.
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